Archive for March, 2007

UK to boost tax on beer

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

UK Chancellor Gordon Brown’s new budget includes index-linked increases to duty on beer, cider and wine. Britain’s brewers, pub owners and beer drinkers quickly mounted protests. “This is a slap in the face for one of Britain’s world beating businesses,” said Mark Hastings, British Beer and Pub Association director of communications. “Gordon Brown has chosen […]

Can landmark brewery be saved?

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

The old smokestack at the former Hudephohl Brewery’s Queensgate facility remains, but the brewing complex itself is in such bad physical condition its future seems bleak. The Cincinnati Enquirer has the details (and an excellent photo of the 170-foot smokestack). The facility dates back to 1860 and the smokestack is more than 100 years old.

A-B wins a round in Bud battle

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Another round in the centurylong dispute between Anheuser-Busch Cos. and Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar is settled, with the win going this time to the American beer-maker. Anheuser-Busch said Wednesday an Italian appeals court ruled in its favor, ordering cancellation of three registered trademarks held by Budejovicky Budvar, including two for Budweiser Budbrau and one for […]

Texas won’t run out of Shiner

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Were Texas beer drinkers ever worried that an announcement the Spoetzl Brewery would begin selling beer in Chicago meant there might be a shortage in their home state? “I can assure you that we will always make sure that Victoria and the state of Texas will have plenty of beer,” marketing director Charlie Paulette said […]

Boulevard goes Lunar

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Boulevard Brewing Company has announced the release of its first new year-round beer in more than a decade – Lunar Ale. An unfiltered brown ale, Lunar is brewed with two-row malted barley and a small amount of dark roasted German malt, giving the beer its characteristic color. The recipe also includes substantial quantities of Midwestern […]

St. Peter’s plans new brewery

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

A UK brewing company that recently considered selling the business instead plans to build a new £3 million brewery. Construction may not start for two years. St Peter’s Brewery at South Elmham, near Bungay, has reached full capacity on its 13th century rural site as the firm’s beers are sold across 22 countries. “We’re delighted […]

Banned in Utah

Monday, March 19th, 2007

You have to think there is a homebrewer or beer lover in Utah who is cringing to see the attention a vanity license plate with “merlot” on it received this weekend. Glenn Eurick’s 1996 Mercedes has had the license plate reading “merlot” for 10 years. He says the plate never got a lot of notice […]